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01/24/24 2024 at UNDP: Goals, Challenges, and Priorities
Wednesday, January 24, 2024, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
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Join the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for a virtual fireside chat with Francine Pickup, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Bureau for Policy & Programming Support, “2024 at UNDP: Goals, Challenges, and Priorities.” Drawing from past successes and lessons learned—and amid multiple, overlapping crises—UNDP opens 2024 with renewed vigor. This discussion will shed light on erupting as well as emerging development priorities and how UNDP—the lead UN development agency, with a presence in more than 170 countries and territories—plans to address them.

 We look forward to welcoming you online on January 24th, from 11 AM to 12 PM EST. The event will comprise a 45-minute fireside chat featuring Francine Pickup, moderated by veteran Canadian journalist Alia Dharssi, and introduced by WFPG Executive Director Alexa Chopivsky, with a 15-minute Q&A to follow.

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A fireside chat with:
Francine Pickup, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Policy and Programming, UNDP 
Moderated by:
Alia Dharssi, Deputy editor, Asparagus Magazine and Consultant, Sustainability Solutions Group

Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2024 | 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM EST
Location: Zoom Webinar

Francine Pickup serves as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Policy and Programming at the United Nations Development Programme. Prior to her current post, Francine served as Resident Representative in Serbia, Resident Representative / Country Director in India, and Deputy Country Director in Indonesia. Before that, she worked as the Strategic Planning Advisor in UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia & the Pacific and led the UN Inter-Agency Information and Analysis Unit under the Deputy Special Representative to the Secretary-General in Iraq.

Francine joined the United Nations in 2002, working with OCHA in Lebanon, Palestine, and New York, as well as in the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) and FAO in Palestine, and ILO in Central Asia. She has worked with several development organisations, including Amnesty International, Oxfam, and the World Bank.

Francine received her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, and her Masters in Development Studies and PhD on local-level responses to new market forces in Russia from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has published on topics including innovative and Islamic financing, aid effectiveness, humanitarian aid policy, economies in transition, livelihoods, the informal economy, and gender and development. She is married with three children and loves tennis, running and the outdoors.

Alia Dharssi Alia is Deputy Editor of Asparagus Magazine and a climate action planning consultant and Marketing and Communications Director at SSG (Sustainability Solutions Group). As a journalist and editor, she has covered stories on sustainability, global development, human rights, and immigration for a range of media outlets, including the New York Times, the Guardian, Al Jazeera, the National Post, the Financial Post, and Reuters. At SSG, she works with towns, cities, and other communities to develop plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change, in addition to supporting the dissemination of knowledge and best practices to support the development of decarbonized, healthy, equitable communities. Alia holds a BA (Hons) from the University of British Columbia and an MPhil in Development Studies (international development) from the University of Oxford.

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